Sibling showdown No. 30 is locked in.
They've played each other in the finals of all four Slams, including at the US Open in 2001 (when Venus won) and 2002 (when Serena did).
"It's so young in the tournament, but it is what it is".
Venus said after her match, "we get to play".
Serena, the No. 17 seed, ensured Friday's headliner by making quick work of Carina Witthoeft 6-2, 6-2 under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Two-time champion Venus beat Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-4 7-5.
They will play Friday, and it is going to be their 30th tour-level encounter - plus, of course, all those times when they traded shots from across the net as kids in California, then on practice courts all around the world. They own eight U.S. Open singles championships, six by Serena.
The 1998 Australian Open was the last grand slam where Serena and Venus met as early as the third round. Anna Wintour looked pleased as she watched Williams beat Witthoeft.
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But despite welcoming the apology, Cornet has lashed out at the president of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli, who caused a stir on the eve of the tournament by saying the catsuit Serena Williams wore at the French Open this year would no longer be deemed acceptable because players have to "respect the game". "It sets a tone for us".
"It was two against one last time".
Serena was in control of the match from there.
Awaiting Serena in the third round?
"You're beating it up now. Any other questions about anything else?"
"So it'll be a while before this even has to come up again", she said.
"I think both of them are great athletes".
Another commented: "If Serena Williams can nail a break point in a lavender tutu against someone thirteen years her junior in this NY heat, I guess I can put on some underwear in my apartment".
"Plant-based tennis champion (and new mom) Serena Williams has launched vegan clothing line Serena to inspire confidence in women pressured by society to seamlessly juggle career and family responsibilities". I have some fun memories of winning Wuhan in 2015 so I'm excited that I'll get a chance to go back there.